Across Banadir, a region in Somalia made up of 17 districts, an effort to revive vaccination services has been underway. More than 3,000 health workers conducted a three-day health campaign from 30 August to 1 September 2020 to ensure that around 400,000 children aged under five receive measles and polio vaccines, as well as vitamin A and deworming tablets, at fixed and outreach sites. Throughout the campaign, health workers observed comprehensive COVID-19 infection prevention measures, such as regular handwashing and wearing face masks, to keep families safe. In addition, health workers shared information with families on how to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
More than 3,000 health workers conducted a three-day health campaign from 30 August to 1 September 2020.
This campaign will not only protect an estimated 400 000 Somali children against vaccine-preventable diseases – measles and polio – but, will also shed light on the importance of resuming essential health care services, like vaccination campaigns, in fragile settings. It demonstrates that it’s possible to continue these services amid a pandemic while keeping infection prevention measures a priority.
The photos highlighted in this article show the committed healthcare workers and volunteers on the ground who worked so hard to make this campaign a success, as well as the children and caregivers receiving these essential health services.